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My year to ‘grow’: Books, a name & living my word for 2022

Regular blog readers know each year I choose a word to live by. This year my word is ‘grow.’ From January to March, here’s how I ‘grew.’ Writing growth In the last three months, I’ve had two new books published, Montana Reunion from Harlequin Heartwarming and The...

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Book news, a podcast & Jen recommends bookish travel

In a pause from my usual type of blog post, this week I’m sharing book news, a podcast interview and, since many of us, like me, still can’t travel far in real life, I also have a recommendation for bookish armchair travel. My podcast debut Last month, I took part in...

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Valentine’s Day 2022: Cards, candy and a cadaver

Heading towards our twenty-sixth wedding anniversary, these days Tech Guy and I don’t usually make a fuss over Valentine’s Day. While we celebrate our love, we don’t typically do so on February 14 when restaurants are busy, flowers over-priced and there’s unspoken...

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Reflecting not resolving: A year to grow

In this time of pandemic, days, weeks, months and even years sometimes feel as if they’re blurring together. While I’m hopeful 2022 will be better for us all, as I’ve done since 2014, I’m not making New Year’s resolutions but rather choosing a word to reflect on over...

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A year of words and a writing hangover

Last week, I finished the longest book I’ve ever written, all 101,294 words of it. And while many rounds of edits remain, for now it’s done and I can celebrate. A dual timeline women’s fiction novel set between the Second World War and 2018, it’s also the most...

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Gratitude is more than an attitude

As my American family, friends and readers celebrate Thanksgiving, gratitude and giving thanks are in the news, and I’ve been thinking about the phrase "gratitude is an attitude." Being thankful is an attitude and expressing appreciation for things large and small has...

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